I wish I'd gone to Raindance a long time ago - it would have saved me a fortune and unravelled a lot of mysteries about getting into the movie business. Most importantly though, at Raindance they give you the tools to stop talking about it and get out and do it.
i recommend all the couses at Raindance i know through experiance that the information gained is priceless before you go out shooting your movie. Raindance prepares the serious producer/writer/director for the real business of film making.
Raindance courses changed my life - who I am and all that. Without trying to sound egotistical, directing following the principles I have learned at Raindance really has made a huge difference to the way that I work, and has opened up endless possibilities and doorways hitherto closed.
Just to say a million thank yous for the course last weekend. It was absolutely fab! I totally enjoyed it and you inspired me to go forwards instead of staying still.
You are a walking movie in human form and once my movie finally finds its feet - I would really love for you to be around because you just have that extra special know how to get it spectacular!
I know you get hundreds of emails every day but I wanted to say thank you for the course this weekend. I really enjoyed it and felt that by the end there were some great group dynamics going on. There were a number of areas that I was particularly interested in learning about (shooting with 35mm cameras, actors and cinematographers) and I am very happy with the level of detail that you provided for us. Really, it was great.
Thanks again for a great weekend course. The time just flew. I've now started thinking about my screenwriting in terms of a new business venture, and that way of thinking is really helping me focus on what I'm doing, along with the craft-skills that I've been learning over the last few months.
In case I never get the nerve to say this to your face............ Raindance and you have been an inspiration. I did the Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking course in July 2003 and since then many more courses. They've helped me write my first feature length script, which is being optioned, and have the courage to experiment with friends on a couple of shorts and finally make my first short film with a full crew, totally no budget of course...I share your attitude to cash. This in between working full time and writing another 20 other treatments and scripts which I will develop once I have the time to sleep again. Bottom line if I hadn't come to Raindance I would never found the courage to follow my dream....thank you for the encouragement and the inspiration! Keep on keeping on. Kindest regards Deborah Groves
Finally, my eyes are open. I have the potential to be a great screenwriter. I can be up there with Leigh Brackett, Joss Whedon, Mario Puzo, Lawrence Kasdan and John Peoples (Leigh Brackett was a woman, by the way - and she wrote 'The Big Sleep', 'Rio Bravo' and the first draft of 'The Empire Strikes Back' - on her death bed! I think she was brilliant and as a writer she is one of my heroes...).
I can do this.
Leigh Oakley, Screenwriter
Many thanks for yet another fantastic course this weekend, as usual Raindance delivers.
Here is our new catalogue of up-coming film training courses in writing, directing and producing that we are presenting this year up til Easter in Central London. Whether you are interested in directing, writing, producing or shooting, there is something for you at Raindance.
Raindance courses really work. Filmmakers who have taken our courses have made films which have screened at prestigious film festivals, won awards and made a combined box office total of more than one hundred million dollars.
Our courses are not taught by teachers - they are taught by filmmakers who can teach. If you want a summary of how we teach, and if you have 21 minutes, let me show you how with our 21 Minute Film School. Our courses can be taken individually or grouped as diplomas. Let me tell you more:
First: Our classes work So many people have taken our classes and then gone on to make a feature film. Paul Andrew Williams is one.
If you have never heard of him, click on his picture to the left. He is currently directing The Cottage, following the success of his debut £80K feature, London To Brighton. Second: We follow our own advice We currently have four films in production - all written, directed and produced by people like you who have taken Raindance courses.
Third: We make movies Over the past sixeen years of hosting our Film Festival, we have made some excellent connections with investors eager to discover new talent - like you. The first film we produced, THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, had its world premiere at the prestigious Rotterdam Film Festival last January. The film has gone on to win 17 awards at international film festivals, it has sold to 21 territories, and now plans are being made to release the film here in the UK and abroad. Our second feature is currently in post-production.
Fourth: We know which films work with audiences Which is why we launched www.raindance.tv last fall with the best independent shorts, features and documentaries.
Fifth: We run an international film festival Where you could screen your work (if it's good enough) This year our jurors included Mick Jones (founder of The Clash) and Iggy Pop.
How Our Courses Work
Our courses repeat every four months, except for special events with major guest directors, producers and screenwriters - which happen throughout the year.
If you are unsure of which course to take, call me up, Will Pearce, on 0207 287 3833 and ask as many questions as you like. As Course Director at Raindance my job is to make sure you pick the right course for your skill level and your interest.
Whatever course or courses you choose, I can promise you that our courses deliver the most amount of information in the least amount of time at the best possible price.
Filmmakers Foundation Certificate Five Tuesdays starting 22 January, 6:30-9pm
Five Tuesday nights designed to take the fear out of filmmaking and give you an overview of writing, directing, producing and marketing a first short or feature film.
Week 1: Writing for Low Budget Films Writing your first movie but have a low budget? This week we will concentrate on how to get the most out of your script, locations and actors and how to make sure these elements will be in line with a low budget. Discover how to make what you already know into a unique story.
Week 2: Essentials of Lo-to-No Budget Filmmaking Making movies can be very expensive, but debut films are usually made on miniscule budgets. A successful filmmaker will make the ordinary seem extraordinary, thus enhancing the film's production values.
Week 3: Director's Toolkit Actors, cinematographers and directors form one of the most exciting relationships on a movie set. New directors need to learn to communicate their vision to their crew in order to get the best results on screen.
Week 4: Introduction to Production The computer and camera companies have developed a bewildering array of low-cost editing and camera equipment. Choose the right equipment and maximise its potential for the edit of your movie.
Week 5: Selling Your Film: Creating a Press Kit An essential task for filmmakers is to create a marketing plan for your film. Learn how to utilise the trade press, consumer press and film festivals to turn your film (and yourself) into this year's cult classic. (Please note: This evening is also offered as a separate evening class called Selling Your Film - see below)
Just £145 + VAT = £170.37 Memberspay just £144.82 inc VAT You can Book Online Here or call us 020 7287 3833 Who should attend: Writers, directors, producers, actors, filmmakers, cinema lovers and anyone with an interest in how movies are made and who seek a basic introduction to the filmmaking process. Learn more...
Get 15% off all courses (20% off Diplomas), free script registration, our annual DVD of the best shorts from the Raindance Film Festival and much more.
Directors Foundation Certificate Five Thursdays starting 24 January, 6:30-9:30 pm
One of our most popular courses designed to take you through the basic elements of directing and prepare you for directing your first short or feature.
Week 1: The Director and the Script The script is the blueprint for a movie. The director's job is to read and interpret the screenplay. Discover how a good director translates the written word into the visual elements on the screen.
Week 2: The Director and the Rehearsal The director's challenge is to communicate his/her vision to the cast. Learn how to run a rehearsal and create mood and tension by inspiring the actors and using the tool of staging.
Week 3: The Grammar of Directing Directors use a variety of shots and lenses to compose their scenes and create a vocabulary of cinematic techniques and processes. Directors must learn the do's and don'ts of film grammar.
Week 4: Directing the Shoot Using professional actors and a DV camera, we will shoot a short scene to demonstrate the techniques used by professionals.
Week 5: Directing the Edit In the edit, the audiovisual material collected during the shoot is reorganised to tell the film's story in the best possible way. The director must thoroughly understand the editing process.
Just £145 + VAT = £170.37 Members pay just £144.82 inc VAT
You can Book Online Here or call 020 7287 3833 Who should attend Writers, directors, producers, actors, filmmakers, cinema lovers and anyone with an interest in how movies are made and who seek a basic introduction to the filmmaking process.
Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking Make your first feature Sat/Sunday 16/17 February, 9:30am-6pm £250 + VAT = £293.75 Members pay just £249.69
Fewer European filmmakers have more experience in shooting, producing and marketing micro and no-budget films than Raindance founder Elliot Grove.
Day One: Learn over 50 money saving filmmaking tips. Day Two: Learn how to finance, market and sell your movie and how to turn your movie into this year's cult classic. You can Book Online Here or call 020 7287 3833 Learn More...
Making A Short Film Sat/Sun 23/24 February, 9:30am-6pm £250 + VAT = £293.75 Members pay just £249.69
A weekend masterclass taught by Simon Hunter, who has just completed The Mutant Chronicles atarring John Malkevich.
This course covers every aspect of making a short film - from the why to the what. It'll also give you the chance to pick the brains of one of Hollywood's hottest properties.
Creating A Business Plan Tuesday 26 February, 6:30-9:30 pm Just £30 or £25.50 for members Once you have scoured film festivals looking for new talent, settled on the next hot director and found that absolutely terrific script, you need to prepare a plan of attack to get the money to shoot your film.
This evening workshop will run through the essentials you will need to present your project to both private and industry investors. The last segment deals with creating a business plan for your career enabling you to raise enough money so you can ditch the day job.
Hands-On Directing for Film and Television Saturday/Sunday 1/2 March 10-6:30 pm Just £250 + VAT = £293.75 Members save 15%
Everyone wants to be a director. If you can create a 'look' for your film, your career will skyrocket.
But why do so many British feature films, especially those by first-time directors, fail to achieve this important artistic success? When the technique needed for visually pleasing single-camera direction is so basic, why do so many directors fail to make the right choices? And when actors can add so much to a production, why don't directors take the time to ensure that their actors perform to the best of their abilities?
This intensive seminar teaches the secrets of maximising performance from the cast while realising the importance of the ultimate audience: the camera. Learn how to direct on-time and on-budget, get the results you want and keep the producers happy. Single camera shooting techniques are explored in depth. Students will be given a number of exercises to undertake, including the opportunity to participate in directing a short dramatic scene critiqued by Patrick Tucker.
Directing Your First Feature Sat/Sunday 1/2 March £250 + VAT = £293.75 Members pay just £249.69
Directing a film can seem an impossible goal.
But it needn't be - with practical advice and sure-fire tips you could be shooting your feature film in just twelve months.
No one can offer you a course that teaches you how to create a great piece of work - that lies with the individual. What can be taught is the fundamental knowledge with which you need to arm yourself. Should you zoom or should you track? The choice is yours, but you will learn how each technique affects an audience.
Simon Hunter has just finished directing the feature Mutant Chronicles and is one of the hottest directors working in Europe today.
Movie Money Where It Is And How To Get It Tuesday 4 March, 6:30-9:30pm Book Online Here Just £30 Members price £25.50 Discover how to raise money for your film by using non- industry finance. Learn how EIS, VCT and pension funds can all be sources for your film finance.
Learn how small and larger deals are put together and how the recoupment waterfall works.
N.B. If you are looking for sources of industry finance, please look at the UK Film council website. More details...
Raindance Gift Certificates
We issue gift certificates in denominations to suit your budget - anything from £20. Gift certificates make the ideal gift for the special film person in your life.
Last year over a hundred people attended our courses using gift certificates.
Call me, Will Pearce, on 020 7287 3833 and I'll talk you through it.
Write and Sell the HOT Script Saturday/Sunday 8/9 March, 9:30-6pm Only £250 + VAT = £293.75 Members pay just £249.69
Need some help getting that great idea for a movie out of your head and onto a piece of paper?
And then, need to organise a plan of attack so you can get it sold?
Raindance founder Elliot Grove has built a solid reputation for devising and presenting the best introduction to screenwriting in Europe.
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Budgeting and Scheduling
Tuesday 11 March, 7:00-9:30pm Just £30 or £25.50 for Members
Always considered the boring bit by film producers and directors, the budget and schedule are nevertheless the spine of any production. If you get the budget (the money part) wrong, your film will stall half-finished without cash. Get the schedule (the time) wrong, and your film will suffer - either from loss of quality or remain unfinished because you have run out of time (and budget!)
This evening explains how scripts are analysed and whipped into shape budget-wise and schedule-wise.
This popular course has limited places. Avoid disappointment - book now020 7287 3833
Camera Skills 1 and 2 Saturday and Sunday 29/30 March, 10am-6:30pm Just £125 + VAT each day, or £250 + VAT both days Members save 15%
A 2-part masterclass for first time filmmakers and anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of cinematic single camera techniques. You can attend either or both sessions, although it is recommended that both are attended for maximum benefit.
The HDV Shoot Sat/Sun 5/6 April, 10am-6.30pm Just £250 + VAT Members save 15%
Ever wanted to just get out there and shoot a film? Well you can, cheaply and efficiently with the many HDV cameras available on the market right now. The digital revolution has put broadcast quality video cameras into the reach of just about everyone.
Broadcast quality and very easy to use, HDV is an ideal tool for filmmakers to make films on a low budget without compromising on quality of image. All you need are good ideas, a great script, and with a little technical know-how you can get going.
You will also learn how to edit the film and create a high-quality tape that can be submitted to festivals and distributors and used on your showreel. With the advent of HD television, more and more broadcasters are seeking material originated on the HD/HDV format.
Participants will be given a DVD copy of the rushes and a rough cut. You will have the opportunity to do all of the jobs on the shoot: direct, operate the camera, set up lights, work with professional actors and record professional quality location sound.
Directing Performance Sat/Sun 19/20 April 2008, 10am-6.30pm or December 1/2 '07 Just £250 + VAT Members save 15%
Directing Performance introduces directors to the acting process and demonstrates proven techniques to enable directors to promote strong performances.
By developing the inner and outer worlds of the characters through their relationships with their environment, other characters and themselves, a great story can be given further depth and will create a greater involvement for the audience.
Working with professional actors, Chris Thomas will demonstrate how the director can gain clues from the text, think creatively about casting and together with their cast, create rich characterisations and relationships no matter what the film is about.
Participants will gain insight into how actors prepare, explore ways to use rehearsal and direct actors during the shoot. The course will be illustrated through examples, demonstration and review of scenes shot during the class.
Pitching Skills Workshop Thursday 24 April, 6.30-9.30pm Only £30 Members save 15%
Pitching is one of the most essential skills needed for a successful career in the film industry. It is also one of the least considered by new entrants to the industry.
This intensive evening class presents the original class developed for the MA programme of film studies at the Royal College of Art Film School and is presented here in its entirety. Participants will also have the opportunity to test their pitches out on Elliot Grove and get his immediate response in his acclaimed "Pitch Repair" session.
This course is always oversubscribed. Don't miss out. Call 020 7287 3833 to register or book online here.
If you have any questions, give me a call at the office. The last thing we want is for you to attend a course that is wrong for you. My number at Raindance is 020 7287 3833. If I'm not around, Joe or Elliot will probably be able to help you out. Happy filmmaking
Will Pearce Head of Raindance Training
Will Pearce Raindance Festivals Limited
The Raindance Guarantee
If you decide to attend and find that any Raindance course is overhyped, unsuitable or simply does not meet or exceed your expectations, let a member of Raindance know by noon on the first day for an instant, no-questions-asked refund.
The Fine Print: Let us know by lunchtime on the first day of a weekend course or at the first break on an evening course and we will make a full refund
What is Raindance?
Since 1992 Raindance has been offering advice and support for independent fimmakers. We started the Raindance Film Festival in 1993, and the British Independent Film Awards in 1998. We also have a training programme that has had remarkable success. And all this without public funding. Presently there are nine of us working out of our office in Soho, London. Although we are London-based we are on the look-out for anyone who might like to work with us in another city or country.
We are always looking for new ideas, or your stories about your movie.
DISCOUNTS Raindance offers the following discounts:
- students/OAPs/UB40 - 10% - members of any film organisation - 10% - members of Raindance - 15% - repeater fee (if you have taken the course before - 50% - call 020 7287 3833 for details of group booking discounts - call 020 7287 3833 for our 10% out-of-town discount